Off topic: Doctor's diagnosis without patient's examination
Thread poster: Cheekita
| | Cheekita
Local time: 17:58
English to Italian
Hi, forum! Just out of interest... Maybe it's a question more for English people. I live in England but I'm foreign. I have a daughter (3 months), she was referred to a dermathologist because my health visitor and GP thought she has an eczema. The dermatologist explained me very well what an eczema was, gave me lots of really useful tips about how to look after her skin but he never looked or examined my daughter. She was all the time in her pram, dressed. Could you tell me is this how things are usually done in England? Why didn't he look or examine her? It seems strange to me... I just want to understand the English customs. Thank-you very much!
| | Henry Hinds
Local time: 10:58
English to Spanish
| Find another || Apr 17, 2008 |
As a translator and a non-Englishman, I can only suggest finding another dermatologist.
| No, it's not normal || Apr 17, 2008 |
In England, or anywhere else in the world, it should never be normal to give a diagnosis of a skin condition without a physical examination.
As it has been suggested, tell your GP what happened and demand a second opinion.
All the best,
Why didn't you ask the doctor when you were there why he wasn't doing his job properly?
Or is that just not done in Italy?
[Edited at 2008-04-17 09:30]
| No, not normal || Apr 17, 2008 |
Your experience is not 'normal' - or at least, wasn't normal last time I sought medical advice in the UK (or anywhere else in Europe, come to that).
As others have suggested, get a second opinion.
And if I were you I'd take your daughter to a pediatrician rather than a dermatologist, at least in the first instance.
| although not in England, I can't believe this || Apr 17, 2008 |
My husband is a doctor (plastic surgeon) and we often have people calling on the phone and wanting his opinion right there and then. His answer always — always — is : I need to take a look at you.
I wouldn't wait for more replies to your posting, just take her to another doctor
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